This contribution reflects upon the future of environmental education and education for sustainable development (EE/ESD) and the larger issue of sustainability. The three scenarios and corresponding EE/ESD approaches are discussed: the limits to growth (the great tragedy and demise); sustainable development and ecological modernization (hope and innovation); and the Anthropocene park (surrender to anthropocentrism). The future of education for sustainability is examined in the context of sustainable development goals (SDGs) adopted in 2015. As the SDGs closely correspond with sustainable development and ecological modernization scenario, bringing into question whether the EE/ESD’s alignment with the SDGs is the ‘future we want’, or the future we need, or the future we are going to have anyway.
|Title of host publication
|Envisioning futures for environmental and sustainability education
|Peter Blaze Corcoran, Joseph P. Weakland, Arjen E.J. Wals
|Wageningen Academic Publishers
|Published - 8 Feb 2017